Arab League to discuss ‘illegal’ US embassy move to Jerusalem
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Arab League to discuss ‘illegal’ US embassy move to Jerusalem

Cairo-based forum to meet Wednesday 'at the request of the state of Palestine' to focus on 'ways of countering' Washington's decision

Embassy staff prepare the stage ahead of the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / Menahem KAHANA)
Embassy staff prepare the stage ahead of the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / Menahem KAHANA)

CAIRO, Egypt — The Arab League will hold emergency talks Wednesday to discuss Washington’s “illegal” decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a senior official said.

The meeting will focus on “ways of countering the illegal decision by the United States to move the embassy to Jerusalem,” the organization’s deputy secretary general for Palestinian affairs, Saeed Abu Ali, said.

He told reporters the permanent representatives of members of the Cairo-based Arab League would meet “at the request of the state of Palestine.”

The US embassy was set to open in the Jerusalem on Monday afternoon amid a global outcry and Palestinian anger over the unilateral decision by US President Donald Trump. The move has been welcomed by Israeli politicians from across the board.

Hours before the inauguration, at least 25 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire along the Gaza border, the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said, as protests and clashes intensified against the embassy transfer.

Israel’s Hadashot TV news said three of those killed were trying to plant explosives at the border fence, and that others were killed in a separate incident when gunmen tried to open fire on troops.

Jerusalem’s status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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